Thursday October 08, 2015
March 19th, 2015
Six years ago, Paul Ryan, who has since become the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee and the GOP's leading voice on matters economic, had an Op-Ed article published in The New York Times. Under the headline "Thirty Years Later, a Return to Stagflation," he warned that the efforts of the Obama administration and the Federal Reserve to fight the effects of financial crisis would bring back the woes of the 1970s, with both inflation and unemployment high.
In September 2002, three Democratic congressmen visited Iraq in an effort to prevent a war they thought was a terrible idea.
Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., said very little there, explaining afterward that his sole purpose was to tell Iraqi officials that "if they want to prevent a war, they need to prevail upon Saddam Hussein to provide unrestricted, unfettered access to the weapons inspectors."
The most important thing to understand about the problems with the Ferguson, Missouri, police force is that they're not unique to Ferguson.
The investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, launched in the aftermath of a police officer's fatal shooting of Michael Brown, would be upsetting, infuriating -- pick your adjective of outrage -- if Ferguson were a one-off.
After months of seeming invulnerability, Hillary Clinton's penchant for privacy has given her frustrated Republican foes a possible opening to bring to earth her high-flying pre-candidacy for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.
Attorney General Eric Holder's Ferguson investigation offers plenty for both sides of this dispute to hate, which means there's also plenty for everybody to learn.
It is winter in Gaza, in every wretched sense of the word. Six months after the latest war, the world has moved on, but tens of thousands remain homeless - sometimes crammed into the rubble of bombed-out buildings. Children are dying of the cold, according to the United Nations.
The New York Times revealed this past week that Hillary Clinton did not have a government e-mail address during her entire time as secretary of state. Instead, she sent her messages from an account with the domain clintonemail.com. That this is not the most transparent thing that has ever happened is like saying that Captain Ahab was not the world's biggest fan of whales. It is something of an understatement.
The announced closing of Sweet Briar College is a sign of how far we've come, how antiquated the idea of a women's school is and how close we are to absolute parity and equality for women.
It's over girls; job is done?
Not even close.
Somewhere in Smithsonian storage sits a portrait of Bill Clinton with two odd features: He is standing next to a shadow meant to conjure Monica Lewinsky's blue dress, and he is not wearing his gold wedding ring.
As we have been reminded by a recent wild cascade of stories, everything about the Clintons is convoluted. Nothing is simple, even a celebratory portrait.
He was almost lost in the whirl of lawmakers, pundits, plutocrats and other boldface names who showed up for Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress last week. But the presence of Pat Boone was a key to understanding why John Boehner was playing a smart game of party politics to stand so solidly with the Israeli prime minister.